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Introduction of a biofibre composite to the European funeral industry (FIBER COMPOSITE)

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Funerals are an essential part of any family’s life. In Western tradition, burial coffins are almost always used during the ceremony. The most commonly used material for burial coffins is particle boards. While being a low-cost material, it is heavy and contains a big amount of formaldehyde-based resins which are toxic. This project will initiate production and marketing of a new eco-coffin for the European funeral industry. The coffin will be made of a new biofiber-composite completely free from formaldehyde. While keeping the same strength as traditional coffins, it also reduces raw material consumption with more than 50%.The material has been developed by OrganoClick AB, a spin-off company from Stockholm University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences that works with development of new advanced fiber-based materials. During the project, a first production unit will be set up by OrganoClick in Sweden. Together with the project partner Nyarp AB, the leading manufacturer of burial coffins in Scandinavia, the eco-coffins will be market launched in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, and thereafter in the rest of Europe.

Benefits

The project will market launch an eco-coffin, reducing raw material consumption with more than 50 % and removing toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde.
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Results

  • - Reduction of raw material from 30 to 15 kg for each coffin
  • - Removing all formaldehyde based resins from the coffins
  • - Reducing CO2-emissions of more than 3 000 tonnes/year from transportation due to lower weight
  • - Expected uptake of 10.000 coffins/year at the end of the project and 100.000 coffins/year in the next ten year period
  • - Total European market size of ~4.600.000 coffins/year
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ORGANOCLICK AB
RITARSLINGAN 20
18766 TABYStockholm
Sweden
Contact point: 
Name: 
Mårten Hellberg
Tel: 
+46(0)8 684 001 10

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Duration:
01/09/2012 to 28/02/2015
Contract number: 
ECO/11/304345

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